- the confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy, bet, or bid so as to lure onlookers into participating
- a person who works energetically to sell or promote something
Origin: contr. from shillaber from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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- To act as a shill for (a deceitful enterprise).
- To lure (a person) into a swindle.
Origin: Perhaps short for shillaber.